Jomsom Trekking - Trek to Jomsom, Muktinath Holiest Temple in Nepal

Jomsom Trekking Jomsom trekking is one of the scenic treks in the Annapurna region with its beautiful scenery. The trek is famous for its arid landscapes. The superb views of massif Nilgiri and a visit to the holiest Muktinath temple are highlights of Jomsom trekking. Jomsom is the district headquarters of Mustang region and all the government offices are present here. The Kali gandaki valley is beside the main bazaar and the region is decorated by the small airstrip, the regular flight from Pokhara to Jomsom serving exotic trekkers as well as local Thakali people since decades. The culture and tradition in this trek is very unique, mainly The Thakali People are inhabited in this region.

Jomsom trek is a tea house trek and the decent guest houses have been built in the region. Never raising above 3000m the trek furthermore creates few altitude obstacles. Nevertheless, you are rewarded with some stunning and unusual views of the high Annapurna. A trek of the narrow Kaligandaki valley, the deepest gorge in the world will bring you almost to the base of Nilgiri and in to the Mustang area. The views are spectacular although clouds roll in early morning. Jomsom trekking begins at Pokhara with a scenic flight to Jomsom.

Attraction of Annapurna Region

Annapurna conservation Area Project
Annapurna Region is one of the captivating lands of bio diversity in the world. The region is the largest reserved and protected area of Nepal. The unique biodiversity, the scenic grandeur in combination with the multi cultural and multi ethnic diversity make it the world's most popular trekking destinations. With the objectives of achieving a balance between the environment conservation and socio economic development, through people's participation, the Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) was launched from 1986 under the aegis of the national trust for nature conservation... See more.

The trust is governed by a board of trustees. Tourism is an essential for locals and the fastest growing industries in the Annapurna conservation area. The project serves as a new approach in the protected area management with its modalities based on the integrated conservation and development programs. Owing to its fame that it has gained in the history of the protected area management, the government of Nepal has given the trust the mandate for the management of the Annapurna conservation area.

Meaning of Annapurna
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means full of food (feminine form), but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is Devi, the universal and timeless Kitchen goddess, the mother who feeds her kids. Without her there is starvation, a universal fear: this makes Annapurna a universal goddess. Her most popular shrine is located in Kasi, on the banks of the Ghats. Her association with the giving of food (wealth) led her in time to be transformed into Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

List of mountains we can see in the Annapurna region trekking
Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m),
Mt. Annapurna I (8091m),
Mt. Manaslu (8163 m),
Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.) ,
Mt. Annapurna III (7555m),
Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m),
Mt. Annapurna south (7219m),
Mt. Nilgiri (7041m),
Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchhare (6998m),
Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m),
Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),
Tukuche peak (6920m),
Tilicho peak (7134m).

Culture and People of the Annapurna Region
One of the unforgettable experience of this region is culture and life style of local people. During trekking, trekkers encounter villages of different ethnic people. According to last census over 45,000 thousand people of different ethnic and tribal backgrounds with various religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon Po, Shamanism and Animism represented live in the Annapurna region. The dominant groups are Gurung, Magar, Thakali and Manangi. Generally, these people are subsistence farmers who depend on the forests for fuel, fodder and timber. Almost each of group have their own dialect and own cultures and traditions. Trekkers who go for trekking in Annapurna region are fascinated by the local people's culture and tradition.

Flora and Fauna
In Annapurna region, we can see the diverse flora and fauna. The range of geographical and climatic regions has led to this diversity. Below 1000 m in altitude the climate is tropical. These areas are heavily cultivated and the landscape, therefore, largely consists of terraced paddy fields for most of the year. As we  go to higher the natural vegetation changes from the tropical species to more temperate stands of forest trees including oak, beech and rhododendron. These finally give way to coniferous forests of pine and, ultimately, juniper just below the tree line.

Annapurna conservation area is the home of 102 species of mammals, 488 species of birds and 40 species of reptiles.  In this region, we can see pheasants named Danphe, Monal, Kaliz, Cheer, Kokilas, and Blood Pheasants, etc. Among mammals, blue sheep and Himalayan Thar can be seen in the area.

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Jomsom Trekking short itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley or rest day.
Day 03: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni.
Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath.
Day 06: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom.
Day 07: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara.
Day 08: fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Day 09: Final departure.

Trip cost: Please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek so that we can send you a quote and other information according to your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Jomsom Trekking - itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m).
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pon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, reception, one of our team leaders will greet you and transfer to hotel. Rest and relax till eveing. Join the welcome dinner with one of our tour managers at a typical Nepali restaurant; enjoy the meal with short briefing about Jomsom trekking. Overnight at hotel.   

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley or rest day.
After breakfast starts full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley including the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple the Swyambhunath (2000 years old temple) and visit Patan city of fine arts. Or rest day for shopping and packing for the trip. Overnight at hotel.  

Day 03: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
After early breakfast, we take a scenic 6 hours bus drive or about 35 minutes flight to Pokhara. Check into hotel, rest of the time will be leisurely walking around Lakeside or rest and relax at hotel. Overnight at hotel in Lakeside.

Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni.
Transfer to airport, fly to Jomsom and trek continues to Kagbeni, about 3 hrs working through the bank of Kali Gandaki river bed and reach to Ekley- bhatti villages. Trek one hour more to reach Kagbeni. Overnight at guest house.

Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath.
Four hours trek to Muktinath 3850m; is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhist with a Gompa and a pagoda style temple. Pagoda is a dedicated to Lord bishnu. The most interesting and importance of the area however is the spot with burning natural gas. Overnight at guest house.  

Day 06: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom.
The trial descends very quickly to the valley floor more than 5,000 ft. below, we descend through a dramatic arid landscape and continues to Kagbeni and continues walking to Jomsom, a major village on Kaligandaki trading route. Overnight at guest house in Jomsom.  

Day 07: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara.
After an early breakfast, we leave our guest house and walk towards small airstrip from where we take a 35 minutes scenic flight to Pokhara. Upon arrive at Pokhara airport, transfer to hotel. Rest of the time will be spent doing some sightseeing or boating on the Phewa Lake. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 08: fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
After breakfast at hotel, we take a short visit to international mountain museum and transfer to airport for a flight to Kathmandu. Rest of the day will free for shopping, evening join the farewell dinner with culture show. Overnight at hotel in Katmandu.

Day 09: Final departure.
After breakfast, we will drop you to international airport for your flight back to home. We wish you have a safe and sound journey back to home and see you again in the future.

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Jomsom Trekking Facts:

 Activities: Trekking

Start/End: Kathmandu/Pokhara

Destination: Jomsom/Muktinath

Trip Duration: 09 days

Max. Altitude: 3850 meters

Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.20

Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December

Trip Grade: Moderate

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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